In 2012, Julie Keith, a mother of two in the United States, opened a box of Halloween decorations she bought at Kmart, a major US discount chain. Inside the box, she found a note from a man who said he was imprisoned in a Chinese labor camp, where he was forced to work 15 hours per day, seven days a week (Jacobs 2013). The note requested, “Sir: If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization.” The note, which travelled 5,000 miles before reaching its recipient, reveals one of the many interesting and hidden dimensions of global economic flows. Having examined various economic structures in the previous chapter, we now turn to an examination of these flows, especially as they relate to production and consumption. ...

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